Flight: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 17, 2008 - Fiction - 320 pages
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In her haunting debut novel, Flight, Ginger Strand creates an unforgettable portrait of a midwestern family navigating an indelibly changed world. Will Gruen loves to fly. As a Michigan farm boy, he longed to clear a furrow through sky, not land. Since then, he has pursued speed and forward motion, from his Air Force service in Vietnam to his thirty years as a commercial pilot for TWA. His passion for flight is matched only by his love for the family farm he considers his personal refuge. But in the aftermath of September 11, Will's world implodes. As he nears mandatory retirement, his beloved airline has collapsed. His wife is turning his farm into a bed-and-breakfast. His older daughter has chosen an open marriage, and her sister has fled seven hundred miles away to New York. Now, with the wedding of their younger daughter approaching, the Gruen family is coming home. Over three emotional days, the past collides with the present, secrets are revealed, new ties are made and old ones broken as each of the Gruens stands at the brink of taking a step that could not only change the path of one life but could alter the family's course. Deftly entwining the voices of Will and his colorful family, Strand creates a dazzling, multilayered chronicle of ordinary Americans in an era of sweeping hange -- and of people with only love to keep them aloft in an uncertain world.
 

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User Review  - Bernadette - Goodreads

An excellent story about family dynamics and children returning home as adults. I was familiar with the small town setting in central Michigan, plus the I-94 corridor around Chicago and thought the ... Read full review

Review: Flight: A Novel

User Review  - Goodreads

An excellent story about family dynamics and children returning home as adults. I was familiar with the small town setting in central Michigan, plus the I-94 corridor around Chicago and thought the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
31
Section 3
43
Section 4
63
Section 5
82
Section 6
106
Section 7
118
Section 8
133
Section 11
188
Section 12
214
Section 13
233
Section 14
246
Section 15
261
Section 16
280
Section 17
294
Section 18
304

Section 9
154
Section 10
173
Section 19
313
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About the author (2008)

Ginger Strand was raised in Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Her fiction and essays have appeared in many places, including The Believer, The Iowa Review, The Gettysburg Review, and The Carolina Quarterly. She has been awarded fiction residencies by Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. She lives in New York City.

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